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$499 Wikipad gaming tablet launching next month

The Wikipad is a tablet and console hybrid, looking to offer the most authentic gaming experience yet.

The Wikipad looks to bridge the gap between mobile devices and full gaming consoles. Offering the user both an authentic Android-powered tablet, alongside a console-based controller, the new tablet aims to take the idea of mobile gaming to the next level.

As well as doubling up as a gaming unit, the tablet itself has some fairly decent specs. There’s a 10.1″ display with 1280×800 resolution, and will run Android 4.1. Powering the device is a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, meaning even the most hardcore of games should be taken care of. Other specifications include the tablet and controls weighing it at a hefty 560 grams, 16GB of internal storage, and both front and rear facing cameras.

The integrated gaming controls on either side of the tablet consisst of a slide-in case where the tablet connects, dual analog sticks, as well as a series of buttons. There are also two shoulder buttons on each side of the controls.

As well as Nvidia’s TegraZone, further content for the Wikipad will be available from the Google Play Store. On top of this, it also has the support of PlayStation Mobile, so expect some gaming gems soon.

The questions remains however, will anyone be interested in purchasing a $499 gaming tablet?